The University of Utah has selected a new chief administrator for its Asia Campus.
Interim Chief Global Officer Chris Ireland announced this week that Greg Hill, currently director of the Idaho Policy Institute at Boise State, will be the next chief administrative officer/dean of faculty in Incheon, South Korea, beginning June 15.
Ireland said Hill is an experienced scholar and administrator who can lead the University of Utah Asia Campus (UAC) through the tentative global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic — and beyond. While the pandemic has disrupted student travel to and from the campus, Ireland believes Hill and Dean of Students Randy McCrillis will be able to build on the academic strength of the young program.
“We will have strong leadership at our Asia Campus during a critical period for our students and faculty,” Ireland said.
The University of Utah’s Asia Campus (UAC) celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2019. UAC’s largest class of students—68—graduated in the spring of 2019, up from just 13 in the first cohort. In spring 2020, 418 students were enrolled in five undergraduate and two graduate programs. All students live on campus, and 80 percent are Korean.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to lead this unique and dynamic campus in Asia,” Hill said. “The faculty, students and administration are committed to making UAC a true University of Utah experience, and I am thrilled to be part of a growing, thriving and innovative university.”
Hill, who worked as a visiting professor at the Asia campus during the Summer 2018 Semester, earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s of public administration at Idaho State University, followed by a PhD in public administration from Texas A&M. He taught public policy and administration at Boise State for nearly 15 years, including leading both the department and the graduate programs, before taking the helm at the Policy Institute in 2016.
McCrillis said he expects Hill’s previous experience in Korea to “help the Asia Campus build key community partnerships that will assist us in continuing to be successful well into the future.”